“One of the hardest things I have to deal with right now is not going out partying and just staying focused … [I] make sure all my business [is] handled.”
Check out the interview with Dray Houston exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Dray Houston: I’ve always been making music. I actually pretty recently came up with the name Dray Houston, maybe last March, and started putting music out around September of 2016. It wasn’t until I dropped My Plug N’ My Plays when I started gaining traction since putting music out.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
If you want to make music, always make music. Keep making it, keep putting it out, eventually you’ll get some sort of response. If you want to get in the music business, than learn as much as you can about getting in it before you try to get in it. Be careful, there’s a lot of snakes that don’t want success for other people.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
One of the hardest things I have to deal with right now is not going out partying and just staying focused. I’ve had endless occasions where I’ve blown off going out with super fine women, going to the club with bottle service, or a super lit house party in the hills somewhere so I could grind and make sure all my business was handled.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way to promote hands down is the internet. If you can find a way to get a lot of people on the internet to rock with you and promote you, than you could easily finesse a situation out of that. Going on tour is good too, but for an artist starting off I highly recommend to get that internet fan base before stepping on stage.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city is crazy. I’m from Boston, MA. I came up hustling with a bunch of my people I grew up with, but I always stayed focused on music and always had a plan of coming up in the industry. There’s a bunch of dope artists out in Boston, every style is totally different. The rap fans in Boston always sell those shows out. I can’t wait to do a show in my home city.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I see myself at my new crib in Malibu with my new 1960’s drop top Chevy Impala with lime green candy paint next to an all-black tinted G-Waggin smoking on a long spliff of that Gucci OG thinking, “Damn, we really doin’ this shit.”
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My favorite rappers are Eazy-E, Speaker Knockerz, and Wiz Khalifa. It’s not just about their music, it’s also about the impact they made. With no Eazy-E there would be no gangster rap, with no Speaker Knockerz half of these new rappers wouldn’t have the flow they got right now. You already know the impact Wiz had on the weed industry.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I respect everyone’s hustle in the music industry. I don’t listen to everyone’s music, but I respect everyone’s hustle. I think some of the music that’s coming out is pretty cool. I don’t want to name anyone, but it’s pretty cool for the most part. There’s not one artist out right now I’ve heard of I dislike. Everyone’s cool in their own way.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
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